Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Chair in Micromechanics



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104Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Fionn Dunne is Chair in Micromechanics and holds the Royal Academy of Engineering/Rolls-Royce Research Chair at Imperial. Current research is in the fundamentals of deformation and failure particularly relating to hcp polycrystal and Ni alloys and includes computational crystal plasticity, discrete dislocation plasticity, micro-deformation, fatigue crack nucleation, texture and dislocation structure development and polycrystal sonics for NDE. He leads the epsrc programme grant Heterogeneous Mechanics in Hexagonal Alloys across Length and Time Scales (, directs the Imperial Rolls-Royce Nuclear University Technology Centre (, and Co-Directs the AVIC-BIAM Centre for Materials (

He has been Associate Editor of Philosophical Magazine and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Strain Analysis, and has contributed to the editorial boards of several journals including International Journal of Plasticity. He is co-author of Introduction to Computational Plasticity, OUP, 2005. He is a consultant to Rolls-Royce, a member of their Core Materials Working Group and was a Royal Society Industry Fellow in 05/06 spent with Rolls-Royce. He is Honorary Professor with the Beijing Institute of Aerospace Materials, and is Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Sweeney CA, Vorster W, Leen SB, et al., 2013, The role of elastic anisotropy, length scale and crystallographic slip in fatigue crack nucleation, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:61, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:1224-1240

Figiel L, Dunne FPE, Buckley CP, 2010, Computational modelling of large deformations in layered-silicate/PET nanocomposites near the glass transition, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, Vol:18, ISSN:0965-0393

Kartal ME, Dunne FPE, Wilkinson AJ, 2012, Determination of the complete microscale residual stress tensor at a subsurface carbide particle in a single-crystal superalloy from free-surface EBSD, Acta Materialia, Vol:60, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:5300-5310

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